Minors and persons under a disability

Contributed by DavidBayly and MelissaLetizia and current to 27 July 2018

Where the injured person is under the age of 18 years or incapable of managing their own legal and financial affairs, the law requires a “Next Friend” to be appointed to act as the Plaintiff’s representative on legal proceedings.

If a claim for an injured person under the age of 18 or under a disability is settled, then settlement is subject to the approval of the Court and settlement monies need to be invested with a Court appointed trust.

It is essential to engage legal representation to manage the claim of a minor or person under a disability.

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